Near John Wayne airport in Orange County this morning, a Cessna 310 airplane crashed onto the southbound lanes of the 405 Freeway. Fortunately, it looks like nobody was killed. The 405 may be the busiest freeway in the country, and this often is one of the most congested sections of that freeway.
I have driven on that portion of the 405 freeway, past the MacArthur Blvd. exit, tens of thousands of times. I last flew out of John Wayne airport on May 24. I’m sure glad I didn’t need to go anywhere near that airport today.
Two important bills passed the U.S. House today. One is named after Kate Steinle, who was shot and killed two years ago in San Francisco by an illegal immigrant, despite five previous deportations. If passed by the Senate, Kate’s Law would increase the penalties for deported aliens who are caught trying to return to the United States.
The other bill, if passed by the Senate, would deny federal grants to cities that have designated themselves as “sanctuary cities.” Republicans and Democrats voted for and against both bills.
My friend Barry had rented a beach house for a couple of weeks in Mission Beach, San Diego, and invited another friend and me to join him. We were located on a peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and Mission Bay.
The day we moved in, which was the day before the two quakes, I pointed out that the land on that peninsula probably would shake significantly during an earthquake. Early the next morning, we discovered that, indeed, this was the case. Fortunately, having lived in Orange County (the next county north) since 1975, I had been conditioned to expect such a “seismic surprise” at anytime.
I was awakened almost instantly after the shaking began. After 10-15 seconds of feeling like I was atop a rubber raft in a very wavy pool, I jumped out of bed and ran to Barry’s room to warn him of the quake, if he was not aware, in case the shaking got worse. Being a very light sleeper as I am, he was quite awake and aware.
Within 10 seconds, I was back in my “life raft” bed, riding out the remainder of nature’s rolling wonder for another 20-25 seconds. Fortunately, since we were about 125 miles from the epicenter, there was no damage where we were. It was the largest quake in the 48 contiguous states in the forty years prior to 1992.
Just over three hours later, we could tell a second series of shock waves was arriving, due to the clanking dishes in the kitchen cabinet and jiggling rabbit ears on the TV set. The epicenter of that quake was about 22 miles northwest of the first quake’s epicenter. Although it did not last as long as the first one, it was somewhat rougher and more jolty. Many desert and mountain communities in Southern California experienced severe damage from both quakes.
The coffee mug I was holding had an earthquake fault engraved around it, along with the printed words, “Official California Mug.” I had given it to Barry the previous year for his birthday, and he happened to have brought it with him. After the shaking subsided, we both got a good laugh out of that.
President Trump’s two travel bans earlier this year were suspended by federal judges. Then Circuit Courts of Appeals denied requests to resume the ban. So Trump appealed to the Supreme Court.
Today, the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case sometime this Fall. At that time, it will be decided whether the ban is lawful or exceeds the president’s powers.
Until then, this ruling allows a ban on people entering the United States from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Exceptions will be those who have bona fide links to the U.S., such as a spouse, close relative, employer or enrollment in an American university.
U.S. Senate Republicans have released a draft of their version of a “repeal and replace” health care plan. This is 7 weeks after the House of Representatives voted on their “American Health Care Act” on May 4, when it was sent to the Senate.
The official title of the Senate’s version is the “Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017,” and it eliminates many of the provisions of the so-called “Affordable Care Act” or ObamaCare. The 142-page draft—which will be discussed by Senate members before being voted on—can be read here: Discussion Draft.
However, Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Mike Lee (R-UT) and Ron Johnson (R-WI), have said that they would not vote for the Senate Republican plan in its current form. In a collective statement, they said this:
Currently, for a variety of reasons, we are not ready to vote for this bill, but we are open to negotiation and obtaining more information before it is brought to the floor. There are provisions in this draft that represent an improvement to our current health care system but it does not appear this draft, as written, will accomplish the most important promise that we made to Americans: to repeal ObamaCare and lower their health care costs.
There are 50 votes required to pass the bill and send it back to the House. In a 50-50 tie, Vice President Pence would serve as the tie-breaking vote.
Exactly one week ago, the attempted assassination of House Republicans took place at a baseball field in Alexandria, VA. Majority Whip Steve Scalise was critically wounded by the shooter, James T. Hodgkinson, and remains in serious condition.
Since then, Professor Johnny Eric Williams at Trinity College in Hartford, CT, has posted very inflammatory, anti-white messages on social media. One entry pointed to an essay with a reprehensible title, featuring a picture of Steve Scalise.
Today, the college was shut down for the day. This was because of the large number of threats against the college due to the inappropriate and racist comments by Professor Williams.
In other news, the special election in the sixth congressional district in Georgia took place today. The election was to replace Representative Tom Price, who became the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services in February.
Republican Karen Handel (52%), former Secretary of State in Georgia, defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff (48%). This was the most expensive House race in U.S. history, with $31 million going into Ossoff’s campaign and $23 million into Handel’s campaign.
The loss was a disappointing setback for Democrats, who had hoped to capitalize on President Trump’s declining approval ratings to win the long-standing Republican seat in Georgia. Out of five special House elections this year, Republicans have won four of them:
• Kansas • Montana California • South Carolina • Georgia
April 11 May 25 June 6 June 20 June 20
Ron Estes (R) 53% Greg Gianforte (R) 50% Jimmy Gomez (D) 60% Ralph Norman (R) 51% Karen Handel (R) 52%
James Thompson (D) 46% Rob Quist (D) 44% Robert Ahn (R) 40% Archie Parnell (D) 48% Jon Ossoff (D) 48%
In another record high, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) closed not only above 21,400 but even above 21,500 for the first time. The Dow was up 0.68% to 21,528.99, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 0.83% to 2,453.46.
A good friend, who happens to be Catholic, is going through a very difficult time. She always loved Mother Teresa and the wonderful things she did for others. She also loves the stars at night. So I found these 3 banners online and emailed them to her:
Happy Flag Day, fellow Americans! Proudly display a flag on your house or on your desk at work today.
Here are places where the U.S. flag can be flown 24 hours a day, every day of the year:
Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
Baltimore, Maryland (Presidential Proclamation No.2795, July 2, 1948)
Flag House Square (Mary Pickersgill's "Star Spangled" House)
Baltimore Maryland (Public Law 83-319, approved March 26, 1954)
United States Marine Corp Memorial (Iwo Jima)
Arlington, Virginia (Presidential Proclamation No.3418, June 12, 1961)
On the Green of the Town of Lexington
Massachusetts (Public Law 89-335, approved November 8, 1965)
The White House
Washington, DC. (Presidential Proclamation No.4000, September 4. 1970)
Washington, DC. (Presidential Proclamation No.4064, July 6,1971, effective July 4, 1971)
United States Customs Ports of Entry
which are continually open (Presidential Proclamation No.4131, May 5, 1972)
Grounds of the National Memorial Arch in Valley Forge State Park
Valley Forge, Pennsylvania (Public Law 94-53, approved July 4, 1975)
This Flag Day has been tainted by a shooting this morning at a baseball field in Alexandria, VA, near Washington, D.C. James T. Hodgkinson, 66—a fringe, lunatic kook from Belleville, IL—opened fire at Republican members of Congress. It was their final practice before a scheduled charity game tomorrow night between Republicans and Democrats at Nationals Park.
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (LA) was wounded, along with two police officers, a congressional aide and a lobbyist. Two bullets penetrated windows in a nearby YMCA. Fortunately, Hodgkinson was shot dead before he could injure or kill anyone else.
Entries on Hodgkinson’s social media reveal that he was a vehement hater of Donald Trump and Republicans. Pertaining to a 2015 cartoon that was critical of Steve Scalise, Hodgkinson commented, “Here’s a Republican that should Lose His Job, but they Gave Him a Raise.”
In another record high, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) closed above 21,300 for the first time. The Dow was up 0.44% to 21,328.47, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 0.45% to 2,440.35.
It rained quite a bit here in Marin County late this afternoon. Fortunately, my friend and I were able to walk his dog before that happened.
We could hear thunder during the walk, but the first drops of rain didn’t fall until a few seconds before we got to his front porch: perfect timing. It’s pretty unusual for it to rain here this time of year; yet it rained for about an hour.
He already had prepared some salmon and eggplant, topped with very tasty spices, to place on the grill out on the deck. However, we had to put the grilling on hold until the rain had stopped.
The first sign that this had happened was seeing a hummingbird coming to eat at the feeder. Then it took maybe another half hour for him to heat up the grill and cook the food.
Everything was outstanding, as he is a great cook. Salmon is one of my most favorite foods, and grilled eggplant is way up there. Best of all, there was enough to have leftovers.
Comparatively speaking, this was a quickly prepared meal. On the contrary, when I was last here, the huge amount of tasty pasta sauce that he prepared on Oct. 14, 2016, took a few hours. I’ve never tasted anything my friend has made that I didn’t like.
Protests against Islamic Sharia law were held in cities across the U.S. today. The rallies were organized by the ACT for America organization. In a number of places, protestors were outnumbered by counter-protestors.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) hit another record high today. It did go over 21,300 briefly (for the first time) but then dropped below that level before closing. The Dow was up 0.42% to 21,271.97, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was down 0.08% to 2,431.77, a bit below its high of 2,439.07.
Both Republicans and Democrats will voice many talking points in statements made by Comey today. For instance, the right will point out how Comey said that Attorney General Loretta Lynch pressured him to not refer to the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s emails as an email “investigation” but, rather, as an email “matter.” The left will focus on how Comey said that Trump tried to influence the FBI’s investigation into Michael Flynn and that he (Comey) was fired because he refused to drop that investigation.
I suspect that, overall, Comey’s testimony will turn out not to be good for Trump. By firing Comey almost a month ago, Trump probably has created a more complicated and future path for himself. Too late now.
Terrorist attacks by radical Islamists, such as the ones recently in London and Paris, are tragic and reprehensible. Furthermore, Islamic State (ISIS) attacks against other Muslims continue in Iraq and Syria. However, now those attacks seem to have escalated a step.
Today, ISIS gunmen and suicide bombers attacked Iran’s parliament and the nearby shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in Tehran. At least 12 were killed, and dozens were wounded; the numbers can be expected to increase. All four attackers are dead. This is the first time the ISIS Sunni extremists have taken responsibility for an assault in Shi’ite-majority Iran.
It may be puzzling to some why there is such friction between Shia Islam and Sunni Islam. Basically, Shi’ites believe that Islamic leaders should be blood relatives of their Prophet, Muhammad; while Sunnis believe that Allah chooses Islamic leaders who do not have to be related to Muhammad. A bit more information can be found in my branches and sects subsection.
Personally, I feel that tensions between sects of Islam will mushroom as the end of the age approaches. This will include the intensification of attacks of Muslims not only on each other but also on non-Muslims or infidels—those who do not submit to Allah.
One of President Trump’s main issues during his campaign was insisting that a wall would be built along the entire southern U.S. border with Mexico. Although I wish it would happen, I continue to have my doubts that it will.
In a meeting with congressional leaders at the White House today, Trump floated the idea that a border wall could be covered with solar panels. The idea is that the panels would generate electricity to help pay for the wall.
There is virtually unanimous opposition by Democrats to a border wall. They also do not like the term “illegal aliens,” preferring instead to call them “undocumented immigrants.” Generally, they even are against blocking immigrants from entering the country by any means, even if they are coming in illegally. This is merely one example of liberal lawlessness.
In light of this, it makes me wonder what they think about President Clinton’s staunch opposition to the entrance of illegal aliens into this country in his 1995 State of the Union Address. Clinton sounded much more like Trump on this topic than he did his own wife, Hillary, who ran against Trump. Click here to read the text of this 1½-minute video.
Today is the Christian celebration of Pentecost, exactly seven weeks following Resurrection Day (Easter). At the first Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4), Jesus’ disciples were filled, supernaturally, with the Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh) and spoke in other “tongues.” Other God-fearing Jews, who had gathered there from many other nations, heard these men declaring the wonders of God in their own languages (2:5,6,11).
The first Pentecost corresponded to the Jewish celebration of Shavuot, or the Feast of Weeks (Leviticus 23:15-22). On this day, a firstfruits of the wheat harvest was offered to God. Most calendars usually list Shavuot a few days before Pentecost due to the way the fifty days are counted from Passover week, referred to as the “counting of the omer.”
I believe the fifty-day calculation is made erroneously by most, as explained in this email response:
On the day of Pentecost, Jews “from every nation under heaven” (Acts 2:5) had returned to Jerusalem (following the commandment of Deuteronomy 16:16), indicating that they already had been widely dispersed among the nations by that time. Today the dispersion is even greater.
After Pentecost, the apostles performed many wonders and miraculous signs (Acts 2:43). They were the “firstfruits” of all who would receive many of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Anyone who is filled by the Spirit of God can receive some of these gifts from God as well. Each of us is nothing, but God can make something out of nothing with the Power of His Holy Spirit.
In another record high, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) topped 21,200 for the first time. The Dow was up 0.29% to 21,206.29, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 0.37% to 2,439.07.
In a speech outside of the White House today, President Trump announced that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord. He said that the accord is unfair, at the highest level, to the United States.
There are 195 nations that have signed onto the agreement. Trump did say that he is open to renegotiating aspects of the agreement. His 27½-minute speech is here:
In other news, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was up 135.53 points today. It hit another record high, going over the previous high of 21,115.55 on Mar. 1. The Dow was up 0.65% to 21,144.18, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 0.76% to 2,430.06.
Kathy Griffin calls herself a “comedian.” Personally, I never have related to her “humor” at all and have felt that she is extremely UNfunny. In my opinion, she’s always been very desperate for attention.
Today, a video of her was released in which she held a replica of Donald Trump’s decapitated, bloody head. This was during a photo session with Tyler Shields, who defended it as “art.” Beware of graphic images in this article:
In a video that was shot of the graphic photo session, she is heard to joke with Shields that they would need to move to Mexico once it was released for fear that they would go to federal prison. That appears to indicate that she was aware of the severely reprehensible nature of what she was doing. Here is a portion of that photo session, along with an apology by Griffin:
Griffin received severe criticism from both the political right and left. Even Bill and Hillary Clinton’s daughter, Chelsea, condemned what Griffin had done. She tweeted, “This is vile and wrong. It is never funny to joke about killing a President.”
So after hours of a highly negative public reaction, Griffin said that she was sorry for what she had done. But since she originally had indicated to Shields that they should expect very negative feedback, it makes me wonder how sincere her apology really was. Perhaps the ultimate goal was to put herself in the public limelight, no matter what the consequences.
I rarely drink alcohol, but my friend Barry is a wine connoisseur. With such an abundant selection of wine at his house, I do enjoy a little red wine some evenings during and after dinner.
This afternoon, he and another friend and I went wine tasting. Since Barry has a membership at several wineries, he can bring friends to taste for free.
In Sonoma County, we first went to St. Anne’s Crossing Winery and had several samples. I thought all of them were good; of course, anything that’s free tastes good to me.
Next, we went up the road to Jacuzzi Winery and Olive Press. The wine tasting room was full of people, which was fine because I’d had enough wine. Instead, we tasted numerous olive oils, which I liked very much. Yummy.
Barry is an avid scuba diver and has gone diving at various places all over the world. With his underwater camera, he has taken countless photos of sea animals and plants. Here is a page I’ve made for him showing 116 of his photos:
At Olive Tree Ministries today, Jan Markell and Eric Barger interviewed British journalist, broadcaster and author Melanie Phillips. She used to have strong liberal views but now is very conservative.
In this interview, she gives a warning to the world. She talks about how multi-culturalism is ruining Europe, and same will happen to the U.S. if warnings are not heeded. The audio program, lasting less than an hour, can be heard here:
This morning, I took a flight from John Wayne Airport in Orange County up to San Francisco. Some areas were cloudy and hazy, while other areas were sunny and clear.
From what I heard, No. CA was extremely green after the winter rains. It still is greener than it was during the severe drought over the past several years. But I’m also hearing that it is it is not as green now as it was a couple of months ago.
There were two windows next to me on the plane. One of them was kind of streaked and smudged, so the photos I shot through it are not as distinct as those shot through the other window.
I brought with me my little Bible with tiny print. That is what I read most of the way after unscrambling the words on the Southwest Airlines napkin below. You can try it, too. Go here to see the answers: Unscramble the words.
After many years of severe drought in Southern California, there has been plenty of needed rain this Winter and Spring. One nice result of this is the numerous Jacaranda trees with all of their purple blooms.
While heading west on Wardlow Street in Long Beach, we saw tons of awesome Jacaranda trees on both sides of the street. Naturally, I had my camera and snapped some shots, since I was not driving.
President Trump is visiting Israel today. It is his second stop abroad after visiting Saudi Arabia over the weekend.
Trump is the first acting U.S. president to visit the Western Wall in Jerusalem. He also visited the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
Trump had a joint news conference with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. One thing they addressed was U.S.-Israeli relations and the fight against terrorism. Trump also addressed the potential for a peace process in Israel.
We discovered a new Thai restaurant, simply named “Real Thai Food.” It is at 9522 Chapman Avenue in Garden Grove. The waitress said they had been there since last summer. I’m surprised we only recently noticed it. It is sort of small, but the food is excellent.
I had my usual red curry chicken with soup, salad and wontons. I ordered the curry ped mak mak, which means very hot and spicy. I know it is hot enough when the hair on the back of my head gets damp. It was plenty hot enough.
This is part of a nine-day overseas tour. Trump also will visit Israel, meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican, meet with allies at a NATO summit in Brussels and also meet with the Group of 7 nations in Sicily.
Late this afternoon, Robert Mueller was appointed as a special counsel to investigate possible Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election. Mueller was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, rather than by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, since Sessions previously had recused himself from all matters related to the presidential campaign.
Robert Mueller, 72, was the former FBI Director from 2001 to 2013. He preceded James Comey who was fired on May. 9. Republicans and Democrats alike have praised Mueller as someone widely respected for his integrity and independence.
After hearing about Muller’s appointment, President Trump said, “As I have stated many times, a thorough investigation will confirm what we already know—there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity. I look forward to this matter concluding quickly. In the meantime, I will never stop fighting for the people and the issues that matter most to the future of our country.”
The recent global ransomware attack, which has been going on for four days, appears to be getting worse. It is escalating from being a nuisance to being a serious threat. Some experts are calling it the largest cyber attack in history.
Initially, it attacked hospitals and other medical institutions in at least 74 nations. Now, it has crippled computers in at least 150 nations. It is becoming a threat to the personal computers of millions of people.
Evidently, the ransomware was created from software stolen from the American National Security Agency (NSA). Presently, there are over 50 different ransomware variants in circulation, and the malware is becoming increasingly powerful.
The malware being used is called “WannaCry.” The attackers are demanding bitcoins in exchange for unlocking users’ files.
Investigations appear to have revealed the possibility that the attack may be being perpetrated by North Korean hackers. Cybersecurity firms have discovered similarities to previous attacks linked to the Lazarus Group, a hacking team tied to North Korea.
A whole lot of Californians are furious about the recent passage of a gas-and-car tax. Senate Bill 1 was passed by a 2/3 super-majority vote in the State Legislature (which is controlled by Democrats) and signed into law on Apr. 28 by Governor Jerry Brown.
California drivers will see their gas prices rise in November and will pay more to register their vehicles come January. Gas taxes will be raised by 12¢ per gallon in November and up to 19.5¢ more per gallon by 2020. Drivers will pay an increased vehicle registration fee ranging from $25 to $175 more, depending on the value of their vehicles.
Since the vote took place, three of my favorite radio talk show hosts in Los Angeles and San Diego have been announcing an event for today to launch a recall campaign against State Senator Josh Newman (D-Orange County)—who stood on a street corner in a bear suit while campaigning for his election. He represents California State Senate District 29 in the CA State Legislature. His was the vote that enabled Senate Bill 1 to barely pass.
The event today took place at an Arco AM/PM station on Harbor Blvd. in Fullerton, CA. I lived in Fullerton four decades ago while attending the Southern California College of Optometry. I decided to drive up to the Arco station this afternoon to check things out.
As I was driving to the event, I was listening on my radio to John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou of KFI AM 640 Radio (Los Angeles) and Carl DeMaio of KOGO AM 600 Radio (San Diego). They had been at the event for hours and were describing the purpose of the event, interviewing guests, and talking about the many hundreds of people who were coming and going.
When I got there, I was surprised to see the KFI Radio tent and the KOGO Radio tent adjacent to each other. I don’t know how each one filtered out the voices of the talk show host(s) for the other station and of all the people swarming around. It was pretty amazing.
Following the firing of James Comey as Director of the FBI yesterday, he has an open invitation for another job. Julian Assange of WikiLeaks has said that he “would be happy to consider hiring James Comey.”
Presumably, at WikiLeaks’ DC office, Comey would be investigating the U.S. government. Hmmm...that would be interesting.
I doubt there’s any possibility that Comey would consider hopping on to WikiLeaks. But in this crazy world, it seems that almost anything is possible.
From 2004 to 2015, Donald Trump’s most famous line on his program The Apprentice was “You’re fired.” Well today, he gave that same bombshell announcement to FBI director James Comey.
Rumors are that Comey’s dismissal is related to his handling of the investigation into Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s email server. Whether or not that is the case, this ends the career of the man who was once seen as the unimpeachable and nonpartisan ideal of how a law enforcement officer should behave.
Muhammad was known as the “unlettered prophet” because he could neither read nor write. He recited the Qur´an (“qura” means “the recitings”). Eventually, Caliph Uthman ordered that the recitings be written down as the Qur´an.
• What is the difference between the Sunni and the Shi´ite Muslims?
These are the two major groups within Islam. Sunni Muslims believe that the caliph of Islam does not have to be in the royal line of Muhammad (that is, related to him). Shi´ites believe that the caliph must be related to Muhammad. Also, there are some teachings in the Hadith that Sunnis adhere to that Shi´ites do not.
• Why do you hate Muslims?
I do not hate Muslims. I love them and want them to understand the truth about Islam and about Christianity.
• Why do women convert to Islam?
In non-Islamic countries, many women marry Islamic immigrants who are looking to get a green card and secure their visas. Some marry Islamic men who do not actively practice their faith. Some are full of rebellion, and they marry Muslim men and convert to Islam because of their rebellious nature.
The notes and 30-minute audio recording of today’s Fortress of Faith program are here:
Today is Cinco de Mayo, and it also is the middle of Spring. I am watching a friend’s three doggies and kitty cat in Anaheim this week. So I took a walk in and around Modjeska Park and snapped a few photos, including of some colorful blossoms.
One photo is of an orange tree, the fruit for which Orange County is named. There used to be countless orange orchards throughout the county. Unfortunately, most of them have been replaced by buildings, parking lots and other forms of cement.
For dinner, I may go to one of the many Mexican restaurants around. Or maybe Taco Bell will work. It certainly is cheaper, and I really like their fiery hot Diablo sauce.
I changed my mind. Instead, I went to El Pollo Loco (“the crazy chicken”). I like their el carbon tacos, plus they have a salsa bar where you can add extra salsa, onions, cilantro and serrano peppers. I ate two big tacos there and brought two home for tomorrow. Yum.
The U.S. House of Representatives has begun the process of repealing the so-called “Affordable Care Act” or Obamacare. As Vice President Pence has put it, “Welcome to the beginning of the end of ObamaCare.”
The narrow vote today in favor of the “American Health Care Act,” or HR 1628, was 217 for and 213 against. All of the yes votes were by Republicans, although 20 Republicans did vote no.
Personally, I think that all the bill may do is to fix a few things in the disastrous Obamacare coverage rather than give it a needed overhaul. Now this bill will head to the Senate. I will be surprised if it passes there. More likely, they will write their own version.
In other news, today is the National Day of Prayer. There are so many significant problems in the U.S. and in the world today that only God can help us with them. Sincere and earnest prayer is the primary way for us to seek His guidance and action.
This morning, President Trump and Vice President Pence participated in a National Day of Prayer event in the Rose Garden at the White House. Furthermore, Trump signed Executive Order 13798, promoting free speech and religious liberty. All of this is included in the following 22-minute video:
This morning, President Trump and Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas made public statements at the White House. Here are some of the statements made by Trump, in reference to a peace initiative between Israel and the Palestinians:
I want to support you in being the Palestinian leader who signs his name to the final and most important peace agreement that brings safety, stability, prosperity to both peoples and to the region. I’m committed to working with Israel and the Palestinians to reach an agreement, but any agreement cannot be imposed by the United States or by any other nation. The Palestinians and Israelis must work together to reach an agreement that allows both peoples to live, worship, thrive and prosper in peace. And I will do whatever is necessary to facilitate the agreement, to mediate and arbitrate anything they’s like to do.
Since Mr. Abbas spoke in Arabic, his statements had to be translated into English. Here is some of what he said:
Mr. President, our strategic option, our strategic choice, is to bring about peace based on the vision of the two states: a Palestinian State with its capital of East Jerusalem that lives in peace and stability with the State of Israel based on the borders of 1967. ... Mr. President, it’s about time for Israel to end its occupation of our people and of our land. After fifty years, we are the only remaining people in the world that still live under occupation. We are aspiring and want to achieve our freedom, our dignity and our right to self-determination. Ane we also want for Israel to recognize the Palestinian State, just as the Palestinian people recognize the State of Israel.
Mr. Trump indicated that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be included in some type of peace talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Such attempts at peace have been tried before, to no avail.
Even if a “peace treaty” comes out of any future talks, I am convinced that there cannot be a lasting peace in Israel until their Messiah, Yeshua/Jesus, returns. He will settle the peace matter permanently, once and for all.
The 14½-minute joint briefing can be watched here:
Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas will be coming to Washington, DC, to meet with President Donald Trump. Many wonder, though, whether Abbas is qualified to speak on behalf of all Palestinians pertaining to a potential peace agreement with Israel.
Presumably, Abbas will tell Trump that the PA leadership seeks a "just and comprehensive" peace with Israel. One stipulation of this would be the creation of a Palestinian state in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem.
Yet, there are deep divisions among the Palestinian. Practically speaking, there are two small Palestinian “states”: Gaza and the West Bank, with Israel right in the middle.
Furthermore, Mahmoud Abbas has an arch-rival, Mohamed Dahlan, the ousted Fatah leader who has called publicly for the removal of Abbas from power. Israel is blamed for much of the turmoil among Palestinians; however, the chaos amongst them is of their own doing.
I last organized my vitamins and supplements into individual compartments on Dec. 3, 2016. Each day, I have taken the following: a daily multiple; vitamins A, B complex, C and E; magnesium, selenium, zinc, fish oil, saw palmetto and glucosamine/chondroitin. Now I have added vitamin D, iron and turmeric curcumin.
I have added 2 weeks of vitamins in the new batch, so this supply will last for 24 weeks (168 days). Keeping them in the refrigerator prevents them from losing their potency.
I began taking my last supply of vitamins on Dec. 4, 2016. Over the past few months, I skipped taking my vitamins for a total of 7 days, for various reasons. So my new regular supply of vitamins, which I will begin taking tomorrow (Apr. 30), will last me until Oct. 14 (unless there are days that I skip taking them).
On Fortress of Faith this morning, I listened to Tom Wallace talking about “The Two Islams.” There is a real Islam and a fake Islam. Like any counterfeit, the fake one must be made to look as much as possible like the real one to get people to follow it instead of the real one.
The real, literal, fundamental Islam follows the prophet Muhammad’s teachings. These are found in the Sunnah (the teachings, deeds and sayings of Muhammad) and in the Qur’an (the words of Allah, the god of Islam). Salafism is a return to the fundamental and foundational traditions and tenets of Islam. The media will refer to the fundamentalists as “radicals” or “extremists.”
On the other hand, those who follow the other (fake) form of Islam are “moderates” or “reformists.” These are about 80% of the Muslims in the world today. They are making up an Allah of their own imagination.
Islamic reformers want a “peaceful” and a “pluralistic” Islam. They pick and choose good and pleasant aspects of Islam and reject the real, true, fundamental aspects of Islam. Just as many Christians have not carefully studied their Bible scriptures, most Muslims have not carefully studied all the historical precepts of Islam.
The notes and 30-minute audio recording of today’s Fortress of Faith program are here:
A weapons supply hub near Damascus airport was struck by missiles today. The hub was operated by Hezbollah from Lebanon.
Israel is being accused of making the strike. Intelligence Minister Israel Katz said, “The incident in Syria corresponds completely with Israel’s policy to act to prevent Iran’s smuggling of advanced weapons via Syria to Hezbollah.”
Recently, our men’s group at church had 6 weeks of Wednesday evening discussions after watching a video series. Each session would begin with a "Christian Atheist" video (about 34 to 36½ minutes) by Craig Groeschel (and, in the fourth video, Chris Beall) of Life.Church in Oklahoma City.
After watching each video, we all would have a discussion about what we had heard. I found it to be a good, thought-provoking series called “Believing in God but Living as If He Doesn’t Exist.” The videos may more appealing to guys than to gals.
Of the 6 videos in the series, I was able to find 4 of them at YouTube here:
The stock market has been declining since Mar. 1, when the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) reached its all-time high of 21,115.55 points. However, yesterday and today it shot back up again.
The Dow was up 232.23 points or 1.12% today. It did go over 21,000 briefly but then dropped a little below that level, to 20,996.12, before closing. The Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 14.46 or 0.61% to 2,388.61, a little less than its record high of 2,395.96.
Presumably, the increase a reaction to the hope that Congress will vote in tax cuts before the end of the week. I am skeptical, but we’ll see.
There are a number of Holocaust Memorial Days commemorations during the year. In Israel, it is being observed from sunset last night to sunset tonight. The President of Israel, Reuven Rivlin, delivered a speech on Jewish identity.
Incidentally, speaking of unicorns...Ira Einhorn was on stage hosting the very first Earth Day event in Philadelphia on April 22, 1970. His nickname for himself was “the Unicorn” because his German-Jewish last name, Einhorn, translates to one horn.
Einhorn was an environmental activist who advocated “flower power, peace and free love.” He claimed to have been one of the main creators of Earth Day. However, other event organizers said that he did little to no organizing of the event.
Indeed, he is much more famous for something else: being “the Unicorn Killer.” On September 9, 1977, he murdered his girlfriend Holly Maddux. Her remains were kept inside a closet in his apartment for 18 months until he was arrested.
Somehow, Einhorn was able to jump bail and flee to Europe for 23 years before being extradited back to the U.S. Now this idealistic fanticizing murderer is serving a life sentence in prison. Unfortunately, some unicorns are real.
A widespread power outage in San Francisco today left thousands of homes and businesses without electricity. This included the Financial District, Cow Hollow, the Presidio and all of the cable car lines. Shuttles were operating to provide service while the power was out.
Power gradually was restored to about 88,000 customers during a 7-hour period. The outage was caused by a big fire at the Larkin substation, which is located at 600 Larkin Street. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.
I’ll be going up to San Francisco in a couple of months. I’m glad that I wasn’t there today, though. What a big hassle to be in sluggish traffic with the traffic lights out.
San Francisco is not without other troubles, including pollution. According to the Lung Association’s annual “State of the Air” report, this city is #6 on the list of 10 U.S. cities with the worst air pollution. Six of those ten cities are in California.
Fortunately, my favorite city, San Diego, is not on the top-10 list. Besides the fact that this awesome city contains all of my favorite things and the pollution usually is minimal, San Diego’s year-round climate is virtually ideal.
Late last night, a terrible accident occurred at one of my favorite places. Two young adults fell down a cliff near the Torrey Pines Gliderport in La Jolla, San Diego. Both of them probably were UC San Diego students.
The young lady was injured but was rescued after she called 911. Unfortunately, the young man died from his injuries. Poor guy; I hope he knew Jesus. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
The views from the tops of the cliffs at Torrey Pines or from the beach below are spectabular. However, a great deal of caution must be taken walking along the paths down and up the cliffs, which I have done countless times over the decades.
I’ve never tried hang gliding, but many people do. There usually is an updraft of wind that keeps the hang gliders in the air, as long as they remain near the cliffs.
However, I have seen some of them drift too far from the cliffs and gradually descend all the way down to the beach. It is a big hassle walking a hang glider back up to the top. In the fourth photo below, several hang gliders can be seen in the air near the cliffs.
As tensions between North Korea and the United States grows, China has expressed a concern about North Korean nuclear development. Regardless of warnings by the U.S., North Korea has said it will continue missile testing. It also has threatened a pre-emptive nuclear strike if it feels that the U.S. is planning an attack.
In celebration of the 105th birthday of Kim Il-Sung—the late grandfather of North Korea’s current leader, Kim Jong-un—a musical spectacular was performed by the military. It was accompanied by a mock-up video of nuclear missiles blowing up the USA, specifically San Francisco. It also included an American flag burning in a cemetery.
I am glad that armies have not surrounded or attacked Jerusalem, nor that people have had to evacuate the city. This contingency plan has been in the works since Mar. 22, in the event that war erupts again in Israel.
One hypothesis in my End of the Age: 2020? commentary was that armies might invade Jerusalem and that people would flee or be evacuated from the city by yesteday or today. Fortunately, it did not happen. However, I will continue to look for the possibility that this could occur over the next few weeks.
Near the top of that commentary, I have added the following message:
In other news, three men, ages 34 to 58, were shot dead this morning in Fresno, CA. This follows the killing of a Motel 6 security guard, 25, last Thursday.
The admitted killer of all four white males is Cory Taylor, 39, who had changed his name to Kori Ali Muhammad. As police tackled him to the ground, he shouted, “Allahu Akbar,” which means “Allah is the greatest.”
On his Facebook page, he referred to white people as “white devils” and said that he wanted to kill as many white people as possible. Police Chief Jerry Dyer said, “this is solely based on race.”
However, Dyer also said that the shootings are not connected to terrorism, even though the killer clearly had converted to Islam. A great deal more information about the shooter can be found here:
I got a stash of 50%-off candy at WalMart this morning. Most of it is Reese’s chocolate with peanut butter, my favorite combination. I didn’t get too much, since I still have some left-over Valentine and Christmas candy.
There is a total of 57.80 ounces = 3.61 pounds. Some of it will be given away.
This is the Feast of Firstfruits or Resurrection Day. It is the day that Jesus rose from the dead. Eventually, all who believe in His blood atonement for their sins will do the same.
But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. (1 Corinthians 15:20-23)
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. (1 Peter 1:3-5)
The majority of these resurrections, I believe, will take place at the main Rapture event. These glorified saints never will need to fear God’s severe judgment, and they will be exempt from His righteous wrath.
During the week of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection, the Feast of Firstfruits fell on the date of Aviv 17 on the Hebraic calendar (as described in the prophecy fulfillment section of my Good Thursday commentary). It was the same date that Noah’s ark landed and rested on Mount Ararat (Genesis 8:4). On that day, Noah and his family were safe and secure from harm, with no further chance of sinking or drowning.
Someone looking at my Holy Week chart questioned me about this. Here is my response:
This morning, at the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, NY, a mother giraffe gave birth to her new little son. He doesn’t have a name yet, but his mom’s name is April and his dad’s name is Oliver.
Below is a 15-minute video of the event. The baby’s front legs and head come out first. At the 3min 15sec point, he drops to the ground. After about 12 minutes, the calf is able to stand without falling over. His dad can be seen walking around in the other room and looking over curiously at his new son.
Personally, I am convinced that Jesus' crucifixion and death took place on Good Thursday.
The church I attend had a very nice Passover seder tonight. It wasn’t on Passover (like the one I attended on Tue., Apr. 11). But since most Christians commemorate Jesus’ crucifixion on “Good Friday,” that is why the seder was tonight (although I believe that the crucifixion was on Good Thursday).
Both the Jewish and the Messianic/Christian seders incorporate a “haggadah,” which is the text that sets forth the order of the seder. The MessianicSeder.com site shows a haggadah that is representative of a Messianic Seder. While Yeshua/Jesus is not mentioned in a traditional Jewish Passover seder, He is mentioned several times during the Messianic seder, such as here:
Get rid of the old yeast that you may be a new batch without yeast—as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. (1 Corinthians 5:7)
The cups of red wine or grape juice at the seder signify the blood Jesus shed for us. The matzo or matzah (unleavened bread) is not made with yeast, which is a representation of sin in the Bible. As believers, we are to get rid of the old sin (“yeast”) in our lives and be new “batches of bread” without yeast. Our Messiah/Christ, who was sinless, was sacrificed as the ultimate Passover Lamb for us.
The matzo also has stripes and is pierced with holes. Messianic Christians see this bread as representative of the body of Jesus, who was flogged (causing stripes) and nailed to a cross (creating holes in his wrists and feet).
He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5)
Indeed, Yeshua/Jesus our Passover Lamb was slain, and He lay in the tomb during the first few days and nights of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Fortunately for us, He did not remain there; He rose from the dead on the Feast of Firstfruits = Resurrection Day (Easter Sunday).
He is in heaven now waiting to return to earth, at which time He will sit on his throne in Jerusalem. There, He will rule and reign as King over all the earth. I can barely wait.
During Holy Week, at the end of Jesus’ earthly life, He entered Jerusalem, riding a donkey, on Aviv (or Nisan) 10, which was Palm Sunday. This was the day that the Passover lambs, without any defects, were selected in Israel (Exodus 12:3).
For four days (from Aviv 10-14), the chief priests, elders, Pharisees, Sadducees, Pilate and Herod interrogated Jesus. However, He always left them speechless, because they could find no fault with His impeccable logic and character (Matthew 21:23-27, 22:23-46, 26:59,60, 27:22,23; Luke 23:4; John 19:4,6). Just as the Passover lambs were without any defect, Jesus was perfect and without defect.
The Passover lambs in Israel were to be slaughtered at “twilight” on Aviv 14 (Exodus 12:6). Likewise, Jesus our Passover Lamb (1 Corinthians 5:7b), was crucified at mid-afternoon on Pesach or Passover.
Four days after Sunday (from Aviv 10 to Aviv 14) is Thursday. Thus, Jesus was crucified on Thursday (Yom Chamishi), not on Friday (Yom Shishi). As such, the observation of Jesus’ washing His disciples’ feet should be on Maundy Wednesday, not on Maundy Thursday. More details about all of this can be found in my Good Thursday commentary, especially in the parallels between Jesus and the Passover lamb section.
Jesus’ resurrection from the dead took place on the Feast of Firstfruits. Of course, the notion that this event actually occurred is a topic of contention by people who do not believe it.
On the 700 Club this morning, a segment discussed this issue and explained why Jesus’ resurrection is quite plausible. To see this 7 minute 10 second segment, go here, move your arrow along the time line, and click at the 11:43 point:
In other news, today the U.S. dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb in existence on Afghanistan. Exactly one week ago, on Apr. 6, 59 tomahawk missiles were shot by the U.S. onto the Shayrat Air Base in Syria.
The Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb (MOAB), commonly known as the “Mother of All Bombs,” was dropped from an MC-130 aircraft. It struck an ISIS-K tunnel complex in the Achin district of Nangahar Province, near the border with Pakistan. ISIS-K is the Afghan branch of ISIS.
The MOAB was developed in 2002 and first tested in 2003, but it never had been used in combat until today. This bomb has the force of 11 tons of TNT.
Also today, hundreds of Israeli Jews gathered at the Al-Buraq Wall in East Jerusalem, west of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. This also is known as the Western Wall or Wailing Wall, where Jews go to offer prayers and supplications to God. This is part of a Passover week observance.
In addition, 385 Israeli settlers approached the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount. Palestinian officials said that this took place amid protests by Jerusalem-based Muslims.
Some settlers attempted to perform Talmudic rituals. All of the settlers were guarded by Israeli police. Additionally, there has been a deployment of thousands of Israeli troops to protect Jews at Western Wall.
In the Six-Day War of 1967, Israel captured East Jerusalem, the West Bank, the Golan Heights, the Sinai Peninsula and Gaza. However, the Temple Mount remains one of the most contested religious sites in the world. Both Israel and the Palestinian Authority claim sovereignty over it, and it will continue to be a major focal point of the Arab–Israeli conflict. This 5½-minute video shows Israel’s critical security needs for a viable peace:
A friend and I attended a fantastic Passover Seder tonight, which was put on by the local Jewish community. It is a commemoration of the Israelites in Egypt being led out of bondage by Moses, including crossing the Red Sea on dry land (Exodus 12-14).
It is possible that Passover may be my favorite night of the year. For one thing, I love the account of the exodus of the tribes of Israel out of Egypt. Also, the Seder feast always has an outstanding variety of kosher food, all of which is extremely tasty.
Pesach or Passover begins after sunset this evening, and tonight there will be a full moon. This day is a commemoration of the exodus of Israel out of Egypt, as described in Exodus 12:1-51.
Just as lambs were slain on the first and subsequent Passovers, the Lamb of God, Yeshua/Jesus, also died on Passover. His shed blood atoned for the sins of all who will accept His unique sacrifice on their behalf. According to John the Baptist and the apostle Paul,
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29)
For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. (1 Corinthians 5:7b)
His death, of the righteous for the unrighteous, is the only thing that can bring us to God the Father. According to the apostle Peter,
Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. (1 Peter 3:18)
There are clear links between the life, death, resurrection and future return of Yeshua/Jesus and the feasts and holy days of Israel. (See more in Chapter 4 and Chapter 5 of my online book.)
An excellent 26½-minute video by Day of Discovery, showing connections between Jesus’ sacrifice and Passover, can be viewed here:
More connections also can be found in my Good Thursday commentary.
In other news, Judge Neil Gorsuch was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Apr. 7. Today, after signing the necessary papers, Gorsuch took the constitutional oath of office privately, administered by Supreme Court Justice John Roberts. He now is the 113th Justice of the Supreme Court.
Later, in a public ceremony, Justice Gorsuch again took the oath of office, administered by Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. His wife, Louise, and President Trump stood nearby.
This is “Palm Sunday,” the day that Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey. This was prophesied to take place centuries before it happened:
Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. (Zechariah 9:9)
As Yeshua/Jesus, the Messiah/Christ, passed by, the people who had witnessed the countless miracles He had done shouted,
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Hosanna in the highest!” (Matthew 21:9)
A document put out by CAIR (the Council on American Islamic Relations) is called “Same Hate, New Target.” Twice in the document, Islamophobia is defined as “close-minded prejudice against or hatred of Islam and Muslims.” I want it to be clear that I do not have a hatred of Muslims. I even have a copy of the Qur´an at my site.
I encourage people, even Christians, to read this foundational book of Islam. Although there are “peaceful” verses in the Qur´an, it has an abundance of passages teaching that Muslims are to come against “infidels,” who do not believe as they do and who do not submit to Allah.
I do have a problem with the ideology of Islam. It oppresses those who follow its teachings, especially if they attempt to leave the Islamic faith. It also uses fear to force Muslims to think the way they do, under penalty of death. Christianity and Judaism do not do this.
Muslims definitely do have a right to practice their faith in the USA. However, they do not have a right to attempt to force others to believe as they do, nor to attempt to cause their laws to be adopted by the cities and states in which they live.
There is an increasing persecution of non-Muslims who voice disagreement with Islam. In the USA, where the right of freedom of speech is a fundamental aspect of the First Amendment to the Constitution, this is a deplorable travesty.
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Responding to the missile strikes by the U.S. on Syria last night, Russia has called them a “flagrant violation of international law.” They also have warned that this attack could have “serious consequences.”
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev charged that the strikes were one step away from clashing with Russia’s military. No Russian planes or personnel were hit by any missiles.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is scheduled to visit Moscow next week. A Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman has said that Russia expects an explanation from Tillerson for the attack.
In other news, Judge Neil Gorsuch received a 54-45 vote in the U.S. Senate to confirm him as the next justice on the Supreme Court. After being sworn in on Apr. 10, he will fill the seat vacated by Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in February 2016.
President Trump tweeted, “Congratulations to an exceptionally qualified and respected judge on his confirmation to the Supreme Court!” Senate Majority Leader McConnell said, “He’s going to make the American people proud.”
President Trump has been very upset since Apr. 4, when there was a deadly nerve gas attack on innocent citizens in Syria, presumably by the Bashar al-Assad regime. So today, Trump took retaliative action.
Two U.S. warships, carrying tomahawk missiles, moved into the eastern Mediterranean Sea. Then they launched 59 missiles onto Shayrat Air Base northeast of Damascus. The missiles destroyed up to 20 Syrian aircraft and damaged fuel sites and a surface-to-air missile system.
Here is a 30-second video of some of the missiles being launched:
This happened as Communist Chinese President Xi Jinping was having dinner with President Trump in Florida. I wonder what Xi thinks about all of this. In this 3-minute video, President Trump makes some statements after the tomahawk missile strikes on Syria:
Honestly, after what has happened in Syria and Iraq over the past 3 days, I am becoming increasingly concerned that Israel may become involved. Israel itself made airstrikes in Syria last month, and Syria launched anti-aircraft missiles against Israeli warplanes in response on Mar. 17.
In other news, in the U.S. Senate today, a vote was taken on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch. He is President Trump’s choice to replace Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died last year.
Approval would have required 60 votes to halt the ongoing Democratic process of filibustering of Gorsuch’s nomination. However, the vote was 55-45, falling 5 votes short of halting the filibuster. Prior to Gorsuch, there never had been a partisan filibuster of a Supreme Court nomination.
In response, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called for another vote to alter the long-standing practice of confirming Supreme Court justices. In a 52-48 vote, the so-called “nuclear option” was passed. This will enable the Senate to confirm Gorsuch’s nomination with a simple majority. The Senate confirmation vote probably will take place tomorrow.
A horrible nerve gas attack on Syrian citizens took place this morning. It is the worst attack of its kind in Syria since August 2013.
Dozens are dead, including many children, and countless people are injured. The deadly gas used probably was sarin gas.
The common consensus is that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad ordered the attack. Not surprisingly, he denies having done this. Assad is an ophthalmologist, and most eye doctors do not put sarin gas in people’s eyes.
Horrendous acts like this in the Middle East, especially against innocent citizens, are very upsetting. I also am very apprehensive and uneasy that this has happened near Israel so close to the week of Passover, which begins in just a few days.
In other news, Susan Rice was Barack Obama’s national security advisor. She also was one of his closest aides.
Multiple sources have named her as having “unmasked” officials of Donald Trump’s campaign or transition team. Rice’s statements about this issue on March 22 seem to be inconsistent with what she is saying now.
This is the same Susan Rice who was widely criticized for downplaying the September 12, 2012, attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. A few days after the attack, she appeared on five news shows, wrongly stating that it was a spontaneous response to an offensive anti-Islamic video.